Newcomers to Canada
Resettlement Assistance Program – This program helps refugees and protected persons resettle in Canada by providing financial assistance for up to one year. Call 1-888-242-2100.

Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) - Some newcomers, including refugees and refugee claimants, may also qualify for some assistance through Manitoba’s EIA program. Refugees are eligible for EIA at the end of their sponsorship period.

Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) This organization operates a transitional housing complex for newcomer families for up to three years after their arrival, as well as a Community Resource program connecting community members with employment, education and health resources. IRCOM also operates an asset building program and a newcomer literacy initiative. For more information, contact 204-943-8765 or email More information about programs and resources for tenants is also available at the IRCOM website.


Immigrant Centre of Manitoba – The Centre provides settlement supports to help newcomers become familiar with Canada, as well as help with filling out immigration forms, access to a language bank, employment services, workplace entry programs, cooking and nutrition classes, computer training and a lending library. Contact 204-943-9158.

Manitoba Start – This information and referral service is for newcomers to Manitoba setting up permanent residence in Winnipeg, and provides access to employment programs that best meet the needs of each newcomer. Contact Manitoba Start at 204-944-8833.

Additional Newcomer Resources

Map of settlement and integration services [pdf] - for immigrants and refugees in Manitoba: includes orientation, employment programs, language classes, and programs to build connections in the community. Produced by Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations, an umbrella organization for immigrant and refugee service providers in Manitoba.




Booklet (2018)

Project summary